auditor general may have had some control, but I understand that in every case the committee voted the money; it was our duty to pay it and it was paid. So far as I am concerned, as minister of this department, I assume no responsibility for what the committee did in the way of expenditures. The house voted the money and it is a responsibility of every member of the house just as much as it is of the government. As regards the amount paid to the auditors, which of course was very large, I do not know how the amount was distributed to any particular
individual. That is not the way in which these services are charged for by an auditing firm. They do a job and charge a sum. No doubt the items for the auditors' work came before the committee; the committee must have thought they were satisfactory because my understanding is that the committee unanimously voted to pay these bills.
question is not whether the committee did so; the point is that we are entitled to receive the information and the minister can get it from the auditor general who must have audited all these vouchers and receipts. Surely when an hon. member asks for information, he 'is entitled to receive it.
May I as a member of the committee say that we were never consulted about the auditors' bills. The amount of , the counsel fee was fixed by the committee and the commission, but the fees of the auditors were never submitted to the committee or the commission. I do not know yet how they were fixed.